A skittish cat can be hard to handle. Hiding, scrambling, or scratching the furniture over and over again. You know, it’s heart-wrenching to see that your cat is lonely. Despite providing her the daily essentials you may constantly feel that your cat is shy or being fearful. Because of this, you might question yourself about the safe environment you provided or what you can do to make your kitten more comfortable?
Before you can further dwell questions upon questions on yourself, first you need to understand the basics.
Shy and fearful cats: let’s talk about the reason and possible remedy
Technically there are so many possible reasons. But the foremost reason is that any sort of negative association in the past can be the reason behind a skittish cat. In the past, if a cat had a bad experience and didn’t get to interact with people. A cat who has experienced abuse or trauma is bound to be either shy or fearful. In some cases, aggressiveness can be a part of the cat’s nature too. Or sometimes the reasons can be simple, plain as a day. You can start with something as simple as buying basic but best cat toys for lonely cats but before you do that try to understand the problem first.
If the cat is new to you, then the chances are she will be disoriented or stressed. It’s okay for a cat to be nervous in her new surroundings. When you adopt her make sure no one is looking for her, in case of a missing pet.
You can have it checked by visiting the vet to see whether the cat is microchipped or not.
No interactions with humans
If your cat has been in a shelter, then it’s the last place for them to interact with humans. Cats are caged in the crates and therefore interacted at the time of feedings only or otherwise. So for a cat to be shy after coming out of a cat shelter is normal behavior to expect.
Dislikeness for animals or kids
Some cats just don’t mesh well with others. In a new home, it gets some time getting used to and if you already have pets then the new cat may not interact with them.
Sometimes cats do not like to mingle with other pets on the premises or with kids either. They can remain quiet and stay in one corner or cringe back if trying to be interacted with and so on.
Now that you have some clue as to why cats can be shy or fearful. So keeping these reasons in mind we have enlisted some of the solutions you can try.
Manage the environment
A large domain can be overwhelming on a skittish cat. Cats are pretty territorial, similar to dogs. They do like to have privacy too and are privy to fend off alone inside the house when they fall like it. So you can install pet holders, or cat trees inside in one place your cat likes the most. Providing comfort may help your cat come out of the shell.
You need to slowly introduce your cat to the new routine. Whether it’s the feeding schedule or the litter box training, let your cat get adjusted to it at her own pace. So be very patient about it. If you constantly hover otherwise can have certain setbacks.
Work up softly to introduce yourself. Let the cat become familiar with your presence and your scent too. You can leave treats for her whenever she’s in the room. This way you have a better chance to interact.
This tip is more for the cat owners than the cats themselves. Don’t be discouraged if your cat doesn’t approach you despite the treats. Remember you must appear non-threatening. To erode the negative feelings, you need to keep up with a routine with your cat. Let them enter the safe zone and gently pet her (cats love petting!) and once the trust builds they will come near you with time.
For the socialization process to work, you have to keep an eye on the way your cat behaves around you and others. Giving your cat the freedom to interact on her own is more empowering to them. Also, let them out once in a while too (on a leash or in an enclosure). Talk softly to them and they sure will respond to you.
Practice these tips and let us know if any of these worked for you. Or in case if you have something to share with us we are all ears to learn new tricks to help cats socialize.